Category Archive: Microsoft Windows

Sep 27 2013

Put Windows into GodMode

Did you know that Windows has a GodMode? Up until today, I haven’t know that and this after years of experience with Windows. I will show you how to put Windows into GodMode.

This article applies to:
Microsoft Windows XP
    Microsoft Windows Vista
    Microsoft Windows 7
    Microsoft Windows 8
    Microsoft Server 2007/2012

This “GodMode” does sounds a bit too good to be true, but basically what it does is to group a hundreds of Windows Function together in one place and easy to access.

 

Here is how you enable GodMode:

1.    Go to your DESKTOP
2.    Right-Click on your DESKTOP and create NEW FOLDER
3.    Use the following as the name of your NEW FOLDER

GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

4.    Then double-click on your NEW FOLDER and it will open all the Windows Functions that you can think of and ultimately giving you “GodMode” access.

And that is how you put Windows into GodMode.

Windows GodMode icon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Windows GodMode Functions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jul 17 2013

Disable Automatic Restart in Windows 8 after installing updates

One of the things about Windows 8 that I could not stand since I’ve started to use it was the Automatic Restart after installing updates. Now don’t get me wrong, Windows Updates are important and also will improve your experience with Windows 8. The problem is that when you install Windows Updates, whether you do it manually via Windows Update under PC Setting or Windows 8 does a force install of the updates the end result stays the same.

After installing the updates, Windows will give you 3 days to reboot your computer. (If you don’t want to reboot immediately) When that 3 day grace period is over, Windows 8 will pop up with a warning saying “You PC will restart in 15 minutes”. When that warning pops up, you don’t have a choice.

It’s all great that Windows 8 force the users to install the updates, but what if you are in the middle of a presentation at a client or you have some documents open and you are not in front of your PC and when you come back in 15 minutes the PC has restarted itself?

How to Disable Automatic Restart in Windows 8

The good news is that Microsoft has released a new Windows Update that introduces a new registry feature where you can Disable Automatic Restart in Windows 8 after installing updates.

First make sure the following updates are installed, if not, download them here:

Download: Windows 8 (x86 or 32bit) (KB2822241)
Download: Windows 8 (x64 or 64bit) (KB2822241)

After you have installed the new windows update you will have to edit the registry to disable the Automatic Restart function.

Here is the procedure how to edit the registry key:

1.    Press WIN+R to launch the RUN dialog box.
2.    Type REGEDIT to open the registry editor.
3.    In the registry editor, browse to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU

(If the folder and DWORD are not showing in your registry, you can create them manually)

Disable Automatic Restart Windows 8 After Installing Updates

4.    In the AU folder, double-click on the DWORD AlwaysAutoRebootAtScheduledTime. When the dialog box open,  change the value to 0
5.    Close the registry editor and restart your PC

On the other hand, if you want Windows 8 to Automatic Restart after installing updates, then change the value of the DWORD AlwaysAutoRebootAtScheduledTime to 1. This will then force your PC to reboot when the 3 day grace period is over.

For me, Disabling Automatic Restart in Windows 8 after installing updates is not even negotiable. I want full control of my PC and will decide when to restart – but that’s just me…

Jul 05 2013

Activate Windows 8 using SLUI command

I’ve installed Windows 8 for a client that has a Microsoft Volume License Agreement. Normally you would follow the following steps to install Windows. First download the ISO file from the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center. Then burn it to DVD and install. After the installation you would want to Activate Windows. Now this is where Microsoft has changed the process. In Windows 7 and previous versions you would do that by right-clicking on COMPUTER and click PROPERTIES. In the System Properties window, right at the bottom you would have the option to Activate Windows and also to Change the Product Key.

In Windows 8, the option to Change the Product Key is not available so that you can activate Windows 8 with the click of a bottom.

Here is how it looked in Windows 7 and how it looks in Windows 8

Windows 7 Activation

 

(Windows 7)

 

Windows 8 Activation using SLUI

 

(Windows 8)
So how do you Change the Product Key to Activate Windows 8? Well, after some digging around I learned about the SLUI.EXE command. When you run this command, it will open the traditional Windows Activation window and you can type in your Volume License Product Key and complete the activation.

Steps to follow to Activate Windows 8 using SLUI command

Press WIN KEY+R to open the RUN dialog box.
In the RUN dialog box type in the following command and press ENTER

SLUI.EXE 3 (note the “3” at the end)

RUN dialog box SLUI command

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the Windows Activation window open, type in the Product Key and click ACTIVATE to complete the activations proses.

Activate Windows 8 using SLUI command

It’s a very easy way to Activate Windows 8 using SLUI command, but I’m just wondering why Microsoft would remove the original option in the System Properties window…

Jun 14 2013

How to activate the touchscreen keyboard in Windows 8

So you just bought a new tablet with Windows 8 Pro on it or you have a Point of Sale with a touch screen and no keyboard and mouse. Where do you find the touchscreen keyboard in Windows 8?

Luckily there is a build-in Windows Module that can be used and actually works very well.
This module is called Tabtip.exe and is installed by default when installing Windows.

To open this on-screen touch keyboard, follow these steps:

Open your Run Command box (press WINDOWS KEY + R)
Click on BROWSE and browse to the following folder

C:\Program Files \Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Ink\TabTip.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Ink\TabTip32.exe

Click OK to open the Tabtip.exe Module.

The Tabtip Windows Module will then appear in your Taskbar on the right, close to the time.

Tabtip On-screen Touch keyboard icon

 

 

If you press on it, it will open the touchscreen keyboard.

Tabtip On-screen Touch keyboard icon option 1

 

 

 

 

 

Tabtip On-screen Touch keyboard icon option 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mar 20 2013

Acrobat failed to load its Core DLL – Open with Protected Mode

Had an interesting problem today. After upgrading a Windows 7 PC from Adobe Reader 9.5 to Adobe Reader XI, I received a message when I open Adobe Reader that Adobe Reader cannot open in Protected Mode due to an incompatibility with your system configuration and that Acrobat failed to load its Core DLL file.

Adobe Reader Protected Mode

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you select the option “Open with Protected Mode disabled” I receive an error “Acrobat failed to load its Core DLL

Acrobat failed to load its core dll

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve tried the following:

–          Uninstall Adobe Reader XI and reinstall it. I got the same error.

–          Remove the folder C:\Program Files(x86)\Adobe and reinstall. Got the same error.

–          Log in with a different profile and reinstall. Got the same error.

–          When I reboot the PC I got an error saying

The application was unable to start correctly (0xc000007b)“.

Application unable to start correctly Adobe error

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I eventually uninstalled Adobe Reader XI and download and install Adobe Reader 9.5. This solved the problem and I could open Adobe Reader. After that I updated it again to Adobe Reader XI and everything worked fine.

My only conclusion was that something went wrong or the installation were corrupt after the first upgrade that I’ve done and caused the Acrobat failed to load its Core DLL error.

If you need to download previous versions of Adobe Reader, click here.

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